Archive for August 2016 - Page 3

    • Virtual schools must also meet IDEA civil rights mandates

      (District of Columbia) With a growing number of students with disabilities finding web-based instruction as a solution of both necessity and convenience, this month the U.S. Department of Education issued new guidance on the intersection between federal civil rights law and virtual schools.

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    • LCAPs require more than compliance from county offices

      (Calif.) Some county offices of education have a compliance mindset when reviewing district Local Control Accountability Plans, according to a new statewide report, suggesting better training is needed to help counties fill their role in assuring low-performing districts meet their performance goals.

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    • States’ career readiness aided by social-emotional learning

      (Wash.) As students head back to school this fall, many will receive lessons on what it means to empathize and cooperate with others—social-emotional skills experts say can support districts’ college- and career-readiness efforts.

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    • Million dollar grant for improving math teaching

      (Calif.) Universities and partner school districts have until the end of the week to apply for a $1.2 million grant to support professional development of math teachers.

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    • IDEA, 504 and ADHD – when universes collide

      The cognitive and behavioral complexities of an attention deficit and its close cousin, hyperactivity, are often ill-considered by educators, and the result is improper identification and inadequate instructional and curricular modifications.

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    • Poor data collection leaves policy makers uninformed

      (District of Columbia) After 85 percent of districts in Florida and Texas reported zero instances of bullying in the most recent Civil Rights Data Collection Survey, federal officials announced late last week that they were revisiting how data is being collected–a problem experts say has been long-standing and all too common.

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    • Schools enjoy endless winning streak at the polls

      (Calif.) When asked, California voters have almost always generously backed tax hikes and bond measure that benefit schools–this November, they are likely to do it again.

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    • ESSA puts even more emphasis on parent engagement

      It might be argued that No Child Left Behind Act set some very fundamental objectives for schools to engage parents and community stakeholders, but Every Student Succeeds Act extends those goals even further. Indeed, the term, “family engagement,” is referenced through the law and sits as part of a heading over five sections.

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    • Arizona voters throw one-time lifeline to schools

      (Ariz.) Like in many other parts of the country, school officials in Arizona are struggling to get all the credentialed staff needed as students head back to school this fall. But unlike some states, voters approved in May a ballot measure that dedicated $3.5 billion in state general fund money to schools over the next 10 years.

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    • State pairing girls with mentors to reduce STEM gap

      (Calif.) California will pledge 50,000 professionals to the Million Women Mentors program in an effort to close the persistent gap between boys and girls in science, technology, engineering and math-based education and careers.

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